10 Highly Addictive Open Source and Free 3D Shooter Games – Part 1

In our earlier post we had covered 12 Free Open Source Games That You Do Not Want To Miss and 10 More Free Open Source Games.


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Here we look at 10 Free Open Source First Person Shooter 3D games that are extremely addictive.

1. Cube

Cube is an open source multiplayer and single player first person shooter game built on an entirely new and very unconventional engine. Cube is a landscape-style engine that pretends to be an indoor FPS engine. It  combines very high precision dynamic occlusion culling with a form of geometric mipmapping.It Uses OpenGL & SDL.




Operating System: Officially supported platforms (client & server) are win32, Linux & bsd (x86), Mac OS X (ppc) and Pocket PC (xscale), and includes source code (open source: ZLIB license)

Download the game here

2. Cube 2: Sauerbraten

Cube 2: Sauerbraten is a free open soure multiplayer / single player first person shooter, built as a major redesign of the Cube FPS.

Much like the original Cube, the aim of this game is not necessarily to produce the most features & eyecandy possible, but rather to allow map/geometry editing to be done dynamically in-game, to create fun gameplay and an elegant engine.




Operating System: Windows, Linux, Ma OS X

3. AssaultCube

AssaultCube (formerly ActionCube), is a free first-person-shooter based on the game Cube. Set in a realistic looking environment, as far as possible, while game play stays fast and arcade. This game is all about team oriented multiplayer fun. A lot of effort has gone in to the making of AssaultCube – 9 developers, a $1 million cost with countless hours of hard work. It is a must try for every 3d game lover and open source enthusiast.





Operating Systems: 64-bit MS Windows, All 32-bit MS Windows (95/98/NT/2000/XP), All POSIX (Linux/BSD/UNIX-like OSes), OS Portable (Source code to work with many OS platforms), Linux, OS X, Vista, Win2K, WinXP, Microsoft Windows Server 2003

4. Fight Win Prevail

Fight Win Prevail (or FWP for short) is a free open source multiplayer first person shooter.

The game is set in an imaginary universe where fearless pilots fight to the death with their futuristic vehicles. Gameplay lies somewhere between the Mechwarrior-series and Quake 3. It is faster and more action-orientated than in Mechwarrior, but tries to avoid the ‘jump-around-like-crazy-and-fire-at-everything-that-moves’-gameplay known from Quake 3.

Fight Win Prevail is a pure multiplayer game and does not have a real singleplayer mode. Primary target are LANs, but the game is playable over the internet, too.




Operating System: Windows, Linux

Download the software here.

5. FreeDoom

Its a free open source Doom game powered by Doom Engine. In FreeDoom, a Doom WAD file is used instead of the copyrighted file from the original Doom and Doom II.




Operating System: GNU/Linux, BSD, Mac OS X, other POSIX, Windows

Download it here.

6. Bzflag

Bzflag is a open source OpenGL multiplayer battle zone capture the flag game. Its a 3D first person tank simulation game.




Operating System: Windows, Linux,

Mac OS X

Download it here.

7. Alien Arena

The goal of Alien Arena is to create the perfect marriage between Quake and Unreal Tournament, between retro sci-fi and futuristic tech, and between casual gamer and advanced expert, and wrap it up in a package with quality that could rival that of commercial games. Alien Arena claims to have one of the most active, loyal, and committed communities of any free game in existence.



Operating System: Windows, Linux, Ma OS X

Download it here.

8. Marathon

Marathon is a science fiction first-person shooter computer game published and developed by Bungie Software. It is released as freeware and the code is available under GNU GPL.


Operating System: Originally developed for MAC but ported to Mac OS X, Windows, Linux and BSD

Download the software here.

9. Nexuiz

Nexuiz is a free open source first person shooter game. Nexuiz is a fast paced 3d deathmatch game project created online by a team of developers called Alientrap.




Operating System: Windows, Mac, and Linux

Download the software here

10. OpenArena

OpenArena is a Free Open content package for the id tech3 GPL source code package.  OpenArena is a violent, sexy, multiplayer first person shooter based on the ioquake3 fork of the id tech 3 engine. It has many game types beyond deathmatch and a lot of characters. Due to violent and racy content, it  may not be suitable for children under 17.




Operating System: Linux, Mac OS X, Windows

Part II coming soon..

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  1. Floost says:

    Interesting and informative. But will you write about this one more?

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  6. Ventego says:

    Thank you! You often write very interesting articles. You improved my mood.

  7. slash says:

    this is one of the best list i have ever seen. good joob!

  8. Cieslak says:

    Bless you for your guidance.

  9. Fetterkey says:

    What is that top picture with the motorcycle from?

  10. Engl says:

    I dont usually reply to posts but in this case. WoW!!!

  11. Thanks this help me alot on shooting games!

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  13. Joe says:

    If you want a really good multiplayer FREE game, that gets updated 2x a month.

    Check out AVA or Alliance of Valiant Arms.

  14. Lauren says:

    i havent tried all of these yet (or Warsow), but i did install Cube 2: Sauerbraten and was surprised how smoothly it ran on my laptop. i’ve tried Alien Arena and Nexuiz on Ubuntu and theyre ok.

  15. Jessi says:

    I think Alien Arena is the best.

  16. How instructive it is! I didn’t bookmark your blog for nothing. Good luck for the future. Regards.

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